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Slow cooker roasted mushrooms?

Hi, all. For my mom's birthday this weekend, am planning to do an Italian themed meal with braised pork shoulder over polenta. Mom loves roasted mushrooms, but pork shoulder cooks at 325 for 3+ hours, while the roasted mushroom recipes I've found call for a 450 or 475 oven. Am wondering if roasting mushrooms in a slow cooker is a possibility.

If so--have any of you Chowhounders tried this, and if so--what setting for what volume of mushrooms/liquid for how long?

Thanks in advance--Chowhounders are always so helpful! :)

Feb 07, 2013
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Tasty yet child-friendly in Sun City area?

We're taking our two-year-old to visit an elderly relative in the Sun City area this coming weekend. This relative is a fairly adventurous eater, but am not sure how often she eats out. My husband and I are big fans of small, Mom 'n' Pop, hole-in-the-wall restaurants (and enjoy all types of cuisine). Any suggestions on places we could go (we're willing to drive, but probably not more than 30 minutes) that would fit the bill?

Thanks in advance, Chowhounders--much appreciated!

Oct 10, 2012
HowlinPup in Phoenix

Denver - healthy children-friendly breakfast places?

The back room at Waffle Brothers (at least their Denver location--have not been to Boulder location) is especially designed for groups with children, with LOTS of toys and games on a shelf. They do have other things besides waffles on the menu--breakfast burritos, fruit, bagels, plus lunch items like salads, healthy sandwiches, etc. That would be my first pick.

Jul 05, 2012
HowlinPup in Mountain States

Colorado Springs recommendations

Thank you, Chimayo Joe, for the Curry Leaf Cafe recommendation. We went there last week (they've just recently moved into a much larger location) and had a very enjoyable meal. We loved loved loved the beef curry and lentil curry, and my husband was a big fan of the deviled potatoes. Roti also was a hit. We will definitely be going back!

Apr 01, 2012
HowlinPup in Mountain States

Dining in the Denver Tech Center Area

Overall looks okay--although Fisher Clark Deli is closed, I believe

Jan 03, 2012
HowlinPup in Mountain States

El Paso: Locals' favorite restaurants?

Hi, all. My husband is going to El Paso for business next week and wants to know: which restaurants are locals' favorites? Doesn't matter if it's breakfast, lunch or dinner--he'll be eating out all 3 meals. Doesn't matter what cuisine, either, though I'm sure he would like to have some good Tex-Mex or Mexican while down there.

As always, thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Aug 10, 2011
HowlinPup in Texas

What kind of noodles for this Chinese recipe?

Hi, Chowhounders. Was hoping to make this recipe this weekend (2nd recipe down on this link You'll note it calls for "1/2 pound plain, thin noodles". The Chinese-focused grocery I go to has an entire aisle of noodles! Any suggestions on particular type of noodles the recipe is referring to?

Many thanks in advance!

Jul 15, 2011
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

When to salt and pepper burger--before or after grilling?

Hi, all. This is an embarrassing question--but I am not sure if you are supposed to season burgers before putting them on the grill, or while grilling, or after. It seems I had heard at some point that putting salt on the burger before grilling will cause the meat to dry out, but I don't know if that's right or not.

There are some non-adventurous eaters in the crowd today, and it is definitely a crowd today, so we are just using salt and pepper on all the burgers to keep everybody happy.

Thanks as always!

--Panicked Howlin' Pup

Jun 04, 2011
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Women's Bean Project chili in slow-cooker?

Hi, Chowhounders. I have a couple 13-oz dried bean/spice packages from the Women's Bean Project--one is Firehouse #10 Hot Chili Mix, and the other is Old Fashioned Mild Chili Mix. Has anyone tried cooking these in a slow-cooker (and even better, at altitude), and if so, what was the cooking time, and at which setting? Did you need to add additional liquid to the slow-cooker?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!

Mar 29, 2011
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Your First Cookbook?

The 1983 Better Homes and Gardens "Cooking Chinese" cookbook. I saved up my allowance when I was in 4th grade to get it--and I still use it! The recipes are more Chinese-American than authentic Chinese, but definitely a great buy.

Mar 08, 2011
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Your favorite pot roast recipe?

Thanks to everyone for your ideas--I truly appreciate them. Looking forward to trying all your recipes!

Jan 19, 2011
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Your favorite pot roast recipe?

Our second anniversary is coming up, and it occurred to me that I have never made my husband's favorite dish, pot roast. Can any Chowhounders share their favorite pot roast recipe?

And if you have recommendations for making the requisite gravy, those would be appreciated as well!

As always, many thanks in advance!

Jan 13, 2011
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Does casserole material matter?

Hi, all. Just wanted to let you know that the veal came out delicious--no problem using the Dutch oven I already had. Thanks again for your comments--I'm not sure I would have had the courage to cook this dish without them!

Dec 27, 2010
HowlinPup in Cookware

Does casserole material matter?

Thanks to all of you! I will try the recipe with my regular DO and see what happens.

Dec 13, 2010
HowlinPup in Cookware

Does casserole material matter?

Thank you. I looked, and the DO is a Calphalon 8788 1/2--the description on Amazon is "heavy-gauge aluminum". So roasting pan? Or are there different types of aluminum?

I feel so ignorant about all this! Thanks to all for your thoughts.

Dec 12, 2010
HowlinPup in Cookware

Does casserole material matter?

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Dec 12, 2010
HowlinPup in Cookware

Does casserole material matter?

Hi, Chowhounders. I am planning to make this braised veal shoulder recipe for Christmas dinner: I noticed that it calls for an enameled cast-iron casserole. I do not have one, but I do have a metal, oven-safe Dutch oven with lid, and am wondering if this will serve just as well, or if I need to make a special purchase to make this meal. (We're on a budget this year, so will be less thrilled than I usually would be about having to make a special purchase to make this meal.


If it weren't for a special holiday meal, of course I would not be as worried about switching things up. Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this!

Dec 12, 2010
HowlinPup in Cookware

El Diablo

Am hoping to make it to El Diablo in Denver soon. If you've been there--what have been the best items you've tasted? Anything not on the menu that I should ask for? Thanks in advance!

El Diablo
1429 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

Oct 20, 2010
HowlinPup in Mountain States

Good place in Aspen for dinner?

I'm in Aspen tonight with my wife and three-month old son. We'd like to find a place to eat dinner tonight. Somewhere welcoming of baby would be great. (He's gone to many places with us, and is a calm little fella.) Wide open on type of food, although something unique to Aspen would be awesome.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

Sep 16, 2010
HowlinPup in Mountain States

Denver - great food, young/hip scene, that wont break the bank

A few blocks south of downtown, but Dazzle on Lincoln and 9th sometimes has good live jazz and some decent bar munchies. Good food and a cozy atmosphere down the street at Bones, 7th and Grant. Could easily walk from there to Lala's at 7th and Logan, which has a pretty decent bar vibe for us in the 30ish demo. (Can also go to Gov's Park around the corner if you're craving 20's frat-boy scene and the Lancer Lounge next door to Bones is one of the few real dives left in this area.) Short cab ride back to the hotel from there. Of course, this is my block, so I'm biased...

Lancer Lounge
233 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Mar 22, 2010
HowlinPup in Mountain States

Best Steak in Vail?

Looking to stay in Vail in April for first anniversary and want to grab a good meal, preferably steak. Anyone know of a great steakhouse in Vail? (Or have other suggestions?)

Mar 22, 2010
HowlinPup in Mountain States

Your favorite heavy-on-jalapeno recipes

Hey there. We are the lucky recipients of a HUGE (4+ lbs.) bag of jalapenos from our boss' garden. We are eager to burn through them before they turn. What's your favorite recipe that is heavy on the jalapenos? And on a related note, does anyone have experience with freezing jalapenos--do they thaw well? Does freezing significantly affect their taste and texture?

Thanks in advance, Chowhounders!

Sep 30, 2009
HowlinPup in Home Cooking

Best old Hollywood L.A. bars

Heading to L.A. this weekend--is the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills hotel worth it? Also, any recommendations on other old bars that are a classic Hollywood experience?

Jul 14, 2009
HowlinPup in Los Angeles Area

One night in Nashville

Hi there. Am heading to Nashville for the first time next week--and am dying to have dinner out at either a fried chicken or BBQ place that is a locals' favorite. I'm staying downtown, and won't have a rental car, but would love recommendations for any place either downtown or a reasonable cab ride away.

Thanks in advance! Looking forward to your suggestions.

Authentic Cambodian in Denver?

My husband and I just got back from our first trip to Cambodia and loved the food. Does anyone know of any places in the Denver metro area to get authentic Cambodian cuisine? I have been jonesing in particular for some good fish amok. Thanks in advance!

May 15, 2009
HowlinPup in Southwest

Denver Restaurant Week

We're going to Aix and Highland's Garden Cafe. Have never been to either, and seemed to offer more choices and be less chintzy on offerings than some other places. We'll see...!

Feb 21, 2008
HowlinPup in Southwest

Denver's El Noa Noa

Hi there. I am going to El Noa Noa for the first time today. Any recommendations on what I should get--or what I should avoid on the menu?

Thanks in advance!

Jan 31, 2008
HowlinPup in Southwest

Vegetarian or independent meat in Denver

The Denver Post recently ran a piece on area restaurants that use local ingredients--my guess is that the meat at these restaurants would not include factory-farmed meat. Duo, Potager, and Z Cuisine would all be a relatively short ride from the Mariott Downtown (Potager being the closest). Tables is not far away from your hotel and also features locally-grown products. My new favorite restaurant here is Deluxe, also not a long cab ride from your hotel--you could call ahead (303-722-1550) and ask about the source of their meat.

Oct 22, 2007
HowlinPup in Southwest

Authentic Malaysian food in Denver?

My boyfriend and I returned from Kuala Lumpur a few months ago and have been jonesing for the food we had in KL ever since (I'm especially hankering for some good beef rendang). Can anyone recommend an authentic Malaysian restaurant in the Denver metro area?

Thanks in advance!

Aug 25, 2007
HowlinPup in Southwest

Help me with 2 recommendations- Denver

I wouldn't recommend Racine's, unless you want bland, unmemorable food from a 12-page menu (ok, I may be exaggerating here a bit) that you can get anywhere.

Are the folks you're traveling with at all adventurous? Benny's is one of the mainstream Mexican-American favorites here in Denver, and it's perfectly fine, but if your people would enjoy authentic Mexican food, El Taco de Mexico is a real taqueria on the corner of 7th and Santa Fe, not far from the Town Suites: Bring cash--no credit cards.

Little India is a reliably good Indian restaurant just down 6th Ave. from your hotel.

I don't know if by "jetlagged" you mean your people won't be awake enough to enjoy a great meal, but if they are alert enough, Mizuna (on 7th Ave., not far at all from your hotel) is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Denver. If you're interested, though, you should book a reservation soon, as they tend to fill up fast. The same chef/owner operates Luca d'Italia around the corner, at 7th and Logan--also delicious. Both Mizuna and Luca d'Italia are more upscale than the other restaurants listed above.

Sonoda's offers decent sushi at the corner of 6th and Broadway--I work in the office building across Speer from your hotel, and their sushi is one of those special day treats.

I've heard that the breakfast burritos and whatnot at Scooter's Cafe just north of 7th and Lincoln are good, but haven't had them myself.

Cuba Cuba is a few blocks north and west of your hotel--I've had good meals there in the past, but admittedly it's been a few years since my last visit. Here's what Citysearch has to say:

Hope this helps.

Aug 14, 2007
HowlinPup in Southwest